Aquatic Invertebrate Taxonomist/Systematist - Lead Invertebrate Taxonomist Department: Taxonomy
Rhithron’s invertebrate taxonomy team is led by Dr. Jeff Webb, an internationally recognized authority on aquatic invertebrates. His dissertation work at Purdue University was on the diversity and systematics of the Heptageniid mayflies of the world. Prior to his career at Rhithron, Jeff coordinated the DNA barcoding of the Ephemeroptera , Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of the world at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph. He was a research fellow at the Taxonomy Research and Information Network at LaTrobe University, Australia, where he contributed to the morphological and molecular systematics of the aquatic fauna of Australia.
Jeff holds 5 current SFS Level II certifications in Eastern and Western EPT and General Arthropods, along with North American Oligochaeta. He has presented workshops on the western and northern North American Ephemeroptera at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) in Portland, Oregon and at the annual meeting of the Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists (SAFIT) in Long Beach, California. Jeff has written more than 50 scientific papers, and he continues to publish on the systematics of aquatic invertebrates.